If you’re looking for a quick bite to avoid drinking in Uptown Oakland on an empty stomach, head to Xolo, an excellent taqueria right around the corner from the 19th St. Bart Station. They make fantastic al pastor, crispy tacos with beef, and burritos. And on Fridays, they’re open until midnight. Xolo is also a great hangover spot (get the Vampiro taco with al pastor and fried cheese), but just know the lunch lines can sometimes get long.
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Brown Sugar Kitchen
You’ll want to take your time eating fried chicken and waffles, beignets, and mimosas at Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland.
The Double Standard
If you want to drink outdoors but don’t want to go to a beer garden, head to The Double Standard in Oakland.
World Famous HotBoys
World Famous HotBoys in Uptown Oakland makes phenomenal Nashville hot chicken sandwiches.
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La Torta Gorda
Come to La Torta Gorda for a wildly indulgent lunch of monster sandwiches, and leave happy.
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Uno Dos Tacos
A casual taco spot in SoMa with lots of outdoor seating, Uno Dos Tacos doesn’t have amazing food, but it’s perfect for your next work team outing.
Garaje in Soma does three things well: beer, sports, and “Mexican” food stuffed with french fries and guacamole.
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